A’s closer Cook gets All-Star nod 

In his first full season in Major League Baseball, the A’s Ryan Cook has established himself as one of the top relievers in baseball.

Now, the right-hander can add All-Star to his résumé.

Cook was named as Oakland’s lone American League All-Star representative on Sunday.

“It’s very cool for me and my family and friends, and I’m just honored, really, to even be mentioned, and then to be chosen and get to represent the A’s and the long line of people before me who have done it,” Cook told MLB.com.

The A’s acquired Cook in the offseason when they sent Trevor Cahill to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he’s been dominant in 2012.

Cook has compiled a 1.54 ERA and has converted on 7-of-10 save chances since taking over the closer’s role in early June. He’s yet to allow a home run in 35 innings this season and batters are hitting just .108 against him.

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